I am a clinical social worker licensed in both Michigan and Georgia with nearly 10 years of practice experience. I began clinical work with children and families in Georgia in early 2012, and continued community and school-based practice after moving to Michigan in mid-2013. I transitioned to working with adult clients in 2015, when I became a behavioral health consultant in a medical center. I have most recently been working part-time in an educational setting while completing a doctorate program. I have worked with a wide range of clinical issues including anxiety, depression, grieving, ADHD, bipolar disorder, addictions, trauma, life stress, family issues, relationship problems, and adjusting to life transitions and physical health challenges.
My therapeutic approach follows a client-centered perspective that also incorporates elements of collaborative problem-solving. Using a warm, informal style, I enjoy exploring concerns while providing empathy, encouragement, and supportive feedback in a non-judgmental therapeutic environment. I borrow elements of solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to build a treatment plan that is tailored to each individual client. I enjoy working as a clinician because I believe that every person is resilient and possesses the strengths that make growth and progress possible. As you begin your journey toward finding hope and building positive changes, I will be here to encourage, support, and empower you. I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Adoption and Foster Care, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation/Loneliness, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Jungian Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MI LMSW 6801096292
GA LCSW CSW007349
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Mariesa is a great counselor. I love how she's provided me with techniques to apply to my life to help with anxiety and stress, they've helped. I am very comfortable talking to her and I like how she has learned about me and remembers the details. Mariesa's agile perspective gives her the ability to dissect the information that I provide to her and relay it to me, so that I can take inventory of my feelings and behaviors and navigate daily life more peacefully, and knowing that I can control the external, bt I can control myself. I highly recommend her because she is great at what she does and I have benefitted from having her as my therapist immensely.
Written on Nov 13, 2021 after therapy with Mariesa for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety